Hophaze (166) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black. Has aroma of chocolate and licorice. Does not taste heavy. Can taste slight hops on back end but balanced.
rxeight (1042) - Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black. Black malt, touch of hops. medium to light thickness. fairly light. decent standard porter.
matthewjk (857) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark Horse does it again! Big fan of their Reserve Special Black Bier, and I’m pretty sure that is where this beer gets its inspiration from. Maybe a tad thin, but this is really well balanced and delicious.
Onslow (1098) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour from a 12oz bottle. Dark brown ale, very inky - a 3 watt led flashlight held to the glass is barely visible! Aroma of dark chocolate and burnt malt. Taste is rich and subtly complex - sweet malts, dark chocolate, roasted grain, hints of licorice, most pronounced in the very finish. Rich and creamy palate. Exceptional!
Chudwick (1782) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle - pours dark brown with beige head and spotty lacing. Nose is roasted malts. Flavor adds licorice, chocolate and a light fruitiness. Sweeter than I expect for the style, but it works for me. Nothing else comes to mind.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Cask, Pimlico. Yet again, a killer American craft brew shows up thousands of miles from home. The heart of the lucky ticker is warmed. On a slightly sodden late afternoon, the dark chocolate pour looked inviting. Loads of dark fruit in the nose, along with blackstrap molasses. Not sure that the two complement each other fully. Nice velvety mouthfeel, though the finish washes out a tad quickly. Licorice and chocolate in the taste, mild tartness from the fruit, at times clashing and at times working really nicely.
yngwie (12612) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Mikkeller Bar. It pours next to black, topped by a small, dark beige head. Dried fruits, hints of licorice, some alcohol and roasted malts in the aroma. The flavor has roasted malts at first, then some dried fruits chime in, along with a touch of chocolate and coffee. There’s a pleasant bitterness too. It’s full-bodied, dryish and lightly warming on the palate, the warmth surprises me. It’s soft and pleasantly carbonated as well. Mostly roasted in the swallow. A beer starting off a bit boring, but it turns out to be a really nice and tasteful one. 120510
Thorpe429 (5006) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mild roast followed with some nice dark chocolate. Heavy chocolate takes over the flavor with slight coffee. Chewy body.
Theydon_Bois (6986) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at the Cask, Pimlico - 11/09/12.
Very dark brown verging on black with a decent off-white head.
Sour aroma, a little Brett notes in their, fruits, molasses.
Chocolate, liquorice a little sour fruit, cherries, figs.
Medium but meaty body with a medium level of carbonation leading to a tarte finish.
teorn88 (1916) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at CPB, London. It pours a dark brown color with a small beige head. Aroma is roasted matls, coffee and licorice. Taste is roasty, bitter with a hint of acidity. Notes of espresso. Mouthfeel is silky with good carbonation. Overall, very nice porter here.